Gold Engagement Rings

In our modern age engagement rings are available in a variety of styles, precious metals and decorated with an assortment of precious stones.

Gold is considered to be the classic choice for engagement rings for woman as well as men. However gold in its purest form it is much too soft to be used for jewellery. In order for gold to be suitable to make an engagement ring as well as other jewellery the gold must be strengthened, this is done by alloying the gold with other metals such as nickel, zinc, copper and silver. The gold to alloy metal ratio determines the overall carat weight.

Gold engagement rings are available in three different carats 18ct, 14ct and 9ct. Carat is the term used to describe the content of gold in the metal. There is also a 24ct gold but this is the purest form of gold and is much too soft to be used for jewellery.

In order to be deemed 18ct gold the metal must contain no less than 75% gold and 25% of metal alloys. 18ct gold has a much richer colour than 9ct or 14ct gold. 18 carat gold will not tarnish or have a reaction when in contact with skin for this reason 18ct gold will make a perfect engagement ring.

In 14ct gold the metal must contain no less than 58.3% gold and 41.7% alloys. With a slightly less rich colour 14ct gold is also less expensive and perfect for buyers that are on a budget.

For 9ct gold the metal must contain no less than 37.5% gold and 62.5% alloys. 9ct gold is a much harder form of gold than 18ct gold. Because it is harder it will be durable and able to withstand everyday wear. 9ct gold is also far less expensive. Because of the low gold content in 9ct gold there is always the risk of a reaction with the skin.

When cleaning your gold engagement ring it is important to exactly how to clean your ring:

  • If the gold ring is just a plain band some warm water and a little soap of jewellery cleaning solution will suffice.
  • If the ring has any gems or precious stone set in then caution must be exercised. DO NOT submerge your diamond ring into water. The water may become trapped and this will cause damage to your ring or the stone setting over time. Instead clean you gold ring with a cloth that has been soaked in soap water and then wringed out so as only to be damp then simply wipe clean. Remember to wipe your ring off with a damp cloth that has nothing but water on it.
  • If your ring should become submerged in water remove it from your finger and place upside down so that the water has a chance to drain. Allow the ring to stay in this position for at least 2 to 3 hours.